Despite the rise in automation and technology in the workforce, employers are looking for candidates with “uniquely human skills” or soft skills—and these skills are in high demand. A survey of more than 650 employers and over 1,500 current and former college students was conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of Cengage. This survey revealed that soft skills are the most in demand by employers, beating out quantitative, computer and technical skills.
“These results show that we must not underestimate the power of the people factor in the workforce. Technology and automation will continue to change and replace jobs, but there are skills that cannot be automated, such as the ability to think critically or problem solve.” – Michael Hansen, CEO, Cengage
- The top skills employers are looking for are listening skills, attention to detail, effective communication, critical thinking, interpersonal skills and active learning.
- 73 percent of employers said it was very or somewhat difficult finding qualified candidates; 34 percent say schools have not properly prepared students for jobs.
- 65 percent of students say finding a job is more difficult compared to their parents’ generation.